First off, there could not be a better narrator for these Chester Himes books. Dion Graham brings them to life more than if you were reading the book yourself. This was my very first introduction to Himes, and I am glad I started here although someone who likes a traditional story might dislike this one. This book is very wild and disjointed. Many of the chapters do not fit with each other to make a coherent picture. I've laughed out loud while reading this book, but also its sad in many ways. I was reading this book simultaneously while reading a book about soldiers in WWII. So, I had this book which is about all the hustlers and dregs of society and all of America's racism boiling over, then the other book about what heroes in this country look and act like. You should not read this book if you want to feel good about the country. If you want to see seething black rage towards whites, rampant prostitution, and violence... then this is good. With that said, I think one could miss the theme of this book. It's overall message. Without top notch writing and narration, it would have been worthless trash.
Most mysteries bore me. Even if they have interesting characters, I'm so picky that a mystery book has to really appeal to me on the levels of SETTING and HISTORY. These kinds of books are hard to come by. When I discovered Adrian McKinty's Troubles trilogy, I devoured them like some pervert.
Child 44 was hard for me to get into. I feel like it flounders in the beginning. You can't tell if its an existential novel or a crime novel or what. But then the book suddenly gets so good that you realize you are like Fortunato in Edgar Allan Poes, "Cask of Amontillado," when he suddenly realizes he's been slowly walled-up inside a basement. Suddenly, I was trapped in this book and it became so real and intense to me that it was very much like being transported to another world and time and place.
Amazing book. Delivered on so many levels. If you like the types of mysteries that I do, I highly recommend giving McKinty a try. Cold, Cold Ground is the first of the Troubles series. Holy Jeezus, I've found some great books recently!
First, here's some bonus info. You can play this book at 1.5 speed and it sounds almost the same as regular speed.
Ender's Game is a famous book, and rightfully so. But I feel that this is a much better book in many ways. The writing is tighter. The universe is already fleshed out, so the focus lays more on character development. I was very pleased with it and intend to read the rest of the series. Bean is a more street-smart version of Ender. I think I appreciate that a little more.
I hate cats and cannot really defend why I purchased this audiobook. I think I was tired of my usual genres and just needed something outside the box. What I consider a good book is one that gets the point across without just enough emotion and description as not to waste my time. I do not do well with the Margaret Atwood type books, but I am a lover of Hemingway. Short, to the point. Done.
This book is very well-written in that respect. So much of it feels like just the right mix of emotion, description and characterization. The plot is intriguing enough, but really its the characters you follow into the chaos. I highly recommend it not just for that, but also because the narration is superb. This guy should narrate every audiobook ever made.
Though of completely different styles and substances, Tana French reminds me of Stephen King when he was in his prime. You'd read four or five books and wonder how one person could spew forth so much talent without any of it repeating. Tana French has a diarrhea of talent. These books of hers are not really that unpredictable. She's not trying to be gimmicky and Sixth Sense you to death. The devil is in the details, the characters... more than anything, the hard choices. Loved this book as I did all the others prior. She is a unique, talented writer that isn't gaining readers because some loser on tv preached to the masses that her book is the new 'it' book like Twilight. No, she's selling books based on raw talent and masterful storytelling. I applaud her and I cherish these works.
I had trouble connecting with this book, but I pressed on with it anyway. The positives are that it is very well-written, very detailed in regards to WWII aircraft and information (Which I enjoyed). But I just didn't like the story and I don't think it's such a superb book to have all these ews and awes about it. Women would probably get more out of it than men. I say that because there is a lot of emotion tied to it whereas other war books like Hemingway, etc. forego all the touchy feely bits.
5 stars for the perfect narration. 5 stars for the compelling, deep-digging investigative work. This book blew my mind to put it lightly. The only con about it is that dozens of Hispanic names are thrown at you that you'll most likely forget and mix up save for the few key players. If you ever wondered why everyone in modern America was on crack in the 90's, well, this will pretty much answer it for you. And you'll also find out what happens to your stolen cars!
The hard part about writing reviews is that you write them in hindsight, after you've finished the book, to influence people who have not yet read the book. I would not want to turn anyone away from this book. It was interesting enough to keep me reading and I reached a part where I really thought it was pretty dumb. Then the book turned on me and renewed my faith in Tana French's ability as a writer. She truly does handle her craft rather well and I'm learning to go the distance with her and trust she'll carry the story through handsomely until the end. The narration on this was very good. I felt he handled the female voices well.
I didn't expect much from this, being that it's so old. I also expected it to be written in an overly-verbose way. I was wrong on all counts. It's very blunt and to the point. No lollygagging. It really puts you in the stockade with the prisoners. I'm sure not all of it is true, because obviouslly you wouldn't write a diary about escaping from prison while you're in prison, but it's a good book. Not boring at all.
I think the narrator does a pretty good job with this book. For the first hour, I thought it was kind of dry and boring or that it wasn't any different from listening to the radio show. then it picked up and to tell you the truth, it's scarier than anything Stephen King can write. The radio show is kind of a freestyle that bounces off callers, but this is more like a log of a lot of things going wrong in this country that you either forgot about or didn't know the depth of. It's not a perfect book. There are some things I disagree with, but it is worth reading so that you might cherry-pick your own ideas out of it. Overall, I felt it was a pretty sober-minded account if you want to grasp how and why our country has become so neutered. Lets all hope there truly is never another civil war.
I know nothing about the TV show, but this was on sale and I thought I'd give it an open-minded try. Within the first half hour, I could tell this was chick lit through and through by the tone and content of it. A bored chick with nothing else going on in her life, so she starts hustling drug money internationally. I endured for 4 chapters, then deleted it. I think a female audience might be able to suspend disbelief and handle the tone of the book better, but I wouldn't recommend it to men to read.
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